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Alice in Bed is a free dramatic fantasy which merges the life of Alice James, the brilliant sister of William and Henry James, with the heroine of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. It is a play about the anguish and grief and rage of women; and about the triumphs and limitations of the imagination.

Published: Macmillan Publishers on
ISBN: 9781466818729
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A very dark, whimsical play fashioned after the Alice from Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." There are references to symmetrical story-lines scattered through-out the play, at times subtle and at times obvious (for example, a Mad Tea Party).The Alice of this book, Alice James, was an actual person related to Henry James. Sontag references Giselle and Wagner by putting their characters into her play. She also has Emily Dickinson, the famous female poet, attend Alice's tea party. The author also references Virginia Woolf's "A Room of One's Own" in the after-note on the play, which apparently greatly influenced her work.I personally thought this book pointless and trying far too hard to be brilliant. The including of other literature to draw and expound upon can be genius at times, but I felt that here the author decided to do so in an attempt to elevate her book's relevance and appeal to literary fans, without ever thinking it through or even coming up with any point to it.This play is imaginative, and the writing does resemble "Alice in Wonderland," as obviously was the point of the entire play.However, I personally did not enjoy this one.more

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A very dark, whimsical play fashioned after the Alice from Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." There are references to symmetrical story-lines scattered through-out the play, at times subtle and at times obvious (for example, a Mad Tea Party).The Alice of this book, Alice James, was an actual person related to Henry James. Sontag references Giselle and Wagner by putting their characters into her play. She also has Emily Dickinson, the famous female poet, attend Alice's tea party. The author also references Virginia Woolf's "A Room of One's Own" in the after-note on the play, which apparently greatly influenced her work.I personally thought this book pointless and trying far too hard to be brilliant. The including of other literature to draw and expound upon can be genius at times, but I felt that here the author decided to do so in an attempt to elevate her book's relevance and appeal to literary fans, without ever thinking it through or even coming up with any point to it.This play is imaginative, and the writing does resemble "Alice in Wonderland," as obviously was the point of the entire play.However, I personally did not enjoy this one.more
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